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5 WCW rejects who became megastars in WWE

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Modified 13 Mar 2021
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#4 AJ Styles

AJ Styles
AJ Styles

Years before becoming a global superstar in WWE, AJ Styles competed in WCW for a brief period of time. Styles spent the majority of his early career wrestling with indie promotions. His incredible athleticism hadn't gone unnoticed, and World Championship Wrestling offered him a contract in early 2001. This was a time when WCW was desperately trying to create new stars and was on its last legs.

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Styles was put in a tag team called Air Raid alongside Air Paris, who had worked with Styles before coming to WCW. The duo have appeared on three occasions on WCW's B-show, Thunder. Later, they were eliminated in the first round of a tournament to determine the first-ever Cruiserweight Tag Team Champions. WCW was bought off weeks later and Styles went on to carve a niche for himself in TNA and eventually WWE, where he became a legit main eventer and multi-time WWE Champion.

Styles is an industry veteran who plied his trade in promotions around the world before getting his due with WWE.

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Published 27 Feb 2021, 14:06 IST
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